There were rumours that Sony may announce a PlayStation 4 Slim alongside the upgraded Neo console, and it may just have leaked. Potentially. In this age of 3D printers and elaborate hoaxes, these photographs of a console shell can't be taken as definitive proof – but they look pretty darn authentic from where we're sitting.
Okay, so the system itself looks like it's made of marzipan, but the fact that we have multiple shots of its shell, rear, bottom, and box at least lend credence to the images. We've also heard from a couple of people that it may release in a matter of weeks. The packaging shows that this is a 500GB unit, and it also advertises games like Horizon: Zero Dawn and Gran Turismo Sport on the back. The PEGI rating suggests that this appeared somewhere in Europe.
It looks absolutely tiny in comparison to the existing unit, which is already pretty small. The light across the top has been removed in favour of a much simpler exterior, which just includes the PlayStation symbol on matte plastic. The bottom meanwhile uses feet based upon the brand's iconic shapes. It's unclear if you'll be able to swap out the hard drive anymore. [ Update: New images show that there may be hard drive bay towards the rear on the left-hand side of the system ]
We're not sure what to think of this right now. It certainly looks real, and we're due a leak if the console's going to be announced on 7th September. However, it does have the appearance of badly baked cake, doesn't it? We'll keep you updated as and when we learn more about this, but in the meantime let us know what you think.
Update (20:45PM BST): Twitter user Shortmaneighty2 has managed to purchase one of the consoles, and has validated its authenticity. You're looking at the PS4 Slim here, folks.
Update: (21:00PM BST): Shortmaneighty2 has kindly provided us with a ton of photographs comparing the new PS4 Slim console to the original unit.
[source gumtree.com, via neogaf.com]
Looks like one of those POP station knockoffs, I'd be shocked if this was Sonys final design, I've always attributed a sort of class with their products, something this is lacking.
@Rsco6969 To be fair, the Slims have always looked "cheap" in comparison to the original models. I believe it.
@get2sammyb I dunno, I've always liked the slim variants more with exception to the PS3s Super Slim, I mean given the size of this and the amount of genius required to get it that tiny I certainly can look past the curves, though I am concerned with the heating, I mean my one gets really hot in the incredible form factor it's currently God, lord knows what this would be like.
*damn IOS changing GOT too GOD :-/
I like my PS4 silver faceplate so I'll pass. The originals always look better so I wish my original PS3 had been reliable it lasted 18 months and I've got that crappy looking sliding top loader now.
Looks very similar to the PS3 slim. Is this also the NEO or just a slim model PS4.?
I prefer the original look but if it's healer more portable than I'll pick this up this holiday season as I've been saving up for a PS4 for quite some time. Hopefully there will be a Gran Turismo or Gravity Rush 2 bundle.
I doubt it's a slim especially with the Neo planned. There is no reason for Sony to release a PS4 Slim.
God that looks terrible. Really surprised by the horrible design and the lack of a removable face plate. Based on those twitter pictures I think its legit.
500 GB? I'm guessing this will be very affordable.
I'm the only one that thinks it's pretty cool?
I say this a lot, but here I go again :
I'd get one if it ran silently.
Definitely a PS4 Slim, not the Neo. Cheaper model aimed for the more casual player, and will allow Sony to save on components. Neo is for the core, particularly already existing PS4 owners.
@Tasuki It would if their dropping the price of the standard PS4 while Neo launches at a premium. Pretty similar to what Microsoft's doing with Xbox one s.
@AFCC i actually really like the look of it as well :/
@Tasuki It's real. People have got them in their houses.
That looks nasty..
That looks so bad!! I know I don't normally worry too much what a console looks like but I would go out of my way to avoid this one - Just hope they spent the design money on Neo!!
I want 2
Yeah, I don't like it at all. I think it's going to be a budget option, though.
@get2sammyb A very cheap look to go with that budget price...
@get2sammyb Apparently it doesn't have optical out. Yeah, definitely a budget option.
Maybe they'll undercut Microsoft and release at $249.99? Would also put a strain on what price range Nintendo can launch the NX at as well - nobody would buy what's primarily a handheld at the same price as a current console. They'd be forced to stay at $199.99.
@IceClimbers They kinda have to; I expect the NEO to launch at $399, no way they're keeping the regular PS4 at $349 then. If that get a price drop, then I wonder if this thing will be $249.
@Octane They could launch it at $299, the same price as XB1S. That being said, I could totally see them undercutting at $249.
As for NX, I figured that $199-$249 was the reasonable price range assuming the thing is primarily a handheld. But if PS4 Slim is $249? Yeah, you can't launch at a price higher than $199 or people will consider it to be too expensive no matter the tech or the games available.
@Octane well if this really is just a smaller cheaper ps4 probably $250
@IceClimbers True, but I expect that the regular PS4 will drop to $299 as well.
@Octane To be honest, I expect them to phase the original PS4 out completely.
@get2sammyb "It's real. People have got them in their houses."
That's the thing, though. This PS4 Slim hasn't even been announced yet. How the heck do people then get their hands on it like as if it has already been mass shipped and such (and why are the rest of us exempt)? It looks very real, mind you... but so was that "Rayman in Smash" bit that happened a couple of years ago (or was it last year? I can't remember lol).
I'm probably the person who needs a PS4 Slim or Mini the most, but I'm not sure I can believe there's nothing else going on here. Is there a YouTube video about someone playing this thing yet? Because that might make it more believable.
@Vee_Flames Most of the units seem to be popping up in the UK, so I'm going to guess they got stolen in transit.
Well, it's smaller.
@get2sammyb Stolen in transit? I'm not too sure about that... why would the user then post pictures of the system online? He/she doesn't want to get caught, right?
@Vee_Flames They first appeared on an auction site, though. The person who sent me the pictures bought it off whoever acquired it.
Looks like a PS4 (roughly) cut in half with rounded edges.
This makes me wonder about the recent rumours that the Neo may have been further upgraded by Sony.......perhaps they are pulling a Microsoft, release a slim model this year with 4K media support, and next year release a beefed up Neo that can better compete with the Scorpio (as the original leaked specs of the Neo were somewhat lacking compared to Scorpio).
Are you actually doubting the pictures? C'mon mate, it's pretty obvious that it's legit. An industry insider may care about leaks, but not Joe Shmoe who got his hands on one during initial distribution.
All PS4'S are unique by serial numbers and Sony have the ability to block software as we've already heard via the No Man's Sky row about refunding through digital purchases.
So does that mean they can put a block on all 'missing' slimlines rendering them useless?
@IceClimbers Going for a slim + NEO combo then. That could happen. I didn't expect a slim, and I expected that the regular PS4 would become their budget system; but phasing out is a real possibility too.
To be honest I like the non-glossy matte looking surface. My launch PS4 always has a few fingerprints and dust particles floating around.
looks like psp street
Bring on the Neo.
Do you guys think the fan on this one is better?
ME LIKE IT
It's so....ugly. This doesn't look like a Sony product. Glad I have two PS4s already.
@get2sammyb Yeah but even if they were stolen couldn't the people who bought it be held with receiving stolen property?
Well, if this is legit (I'm leaning towards believing it) Then there's no way I'm getting it. I prefer the original PS4 model and the impact is hardly any different compared to the Xbox One S and the Xbox One size difference.
@DLB3 Yeah I know in the US you can that's why it boggles me that if they are stolen why haven't these people at least been talked to by the police?
@sub12 Considering this are images on the internet, yes I am having some doubts on the pictures. There are tons of things that look very authentic on the internet AND YET are still fake. Case in point, remember when this broke the internet?
And remember how tons of people were making premature decisions based on this very... um, realistic device that was later proven fake?
There's also something I didn't mention earlier. Look at the packaging of the supposed PS4 Slim. There's something off about it. Where's the "Slim" on the packaging? The "Mini"? Or the word that suggests this model is a smaller version of the current model? I can't imagine Sony just calling this model the PS4. No way. EDIT: Or maybe they can. Actually didn't realize that it was the same case for the PS2.
Like I said earlier, I want a PS4 Slim as much as the next person, but I'm afraid I have little cause to believe that a PS4 Slim model exist until Sony themselves confirm it (hopefully on September 7). The internet has well arrived at that point where anyone could post highly believable images, unfortunately.
@Vee_Flames The matte finish on the Slim is too perfect for it to be 3D printed, and there's no photoshop involved.
It would just be called "PS4" on the box because they'll phase out the old model completely, plus it'll be pretty easy to tell on the box.
Also, from WSJ: http://www.wsj.com/articles/sony-to-sell-updated-model-of-standard-playstation-4-1471833069
@IceClimbers Unless you're working for Sony, I'm not sure you can claim for sure photoshop wasn't involved. Besides, there's 3D printing, and you might think 3D printing can't produce this kind of thing, but you'll be shocked at the number of things that statement can be applied to. 3D Printing is a very impressive piece of technology.
To your second point, I guess that makes a lot of sense, but why would Sony want to completely phase out the current PS4 model with this smaller model (which has only 500GB NOT TO MENTION we don't even know everything about it, meaning it could be very well a scaled down model), especially since the current model is still making money for them? Naming the PS4 Slim "PS4" suggests some sort of relaunch for the PS4 and not a new addition to the PS4 family. Even though the PS3 Slim didn't have the word "Slim" on its packaging, at least it did have the name changed from "PlayStation 3" to "PS3" along with a changed font.
Whew. I think I'll just wait until September 7 at this point. Sony better announce the PS4 Slim at this rate!
@DLB3 See my comment above about the change in name from PlayStation 3 to PS3. And the point of my showing those hoaxes here was to show how legit and authentic something on the internet could look. Remember that those two hoaxes literally brought the internet down (well, the gaming side of it) and were believed by a substantial amount of people.
I'm not saying at all these are fake. Not at all! I'm just saying that due to how legit things can look on the internet nowadays I'll just wait until Sony formally announces the console. At least that way my hopes won't risk being dashed.
I'll just wait for the ps4k
Sony is going to sell a lot of these if the price is $250, or bundle it with ps vr and camera at $700.
@DLB3 Ok, that's very sensible. And I guess your point does hold true in the case of the PS2. But sometimes there always isn't enough evidence to point out some things as wrong or false, and yet those things do come out as false eventually. And yeah, I do need a video of someone touching this thing and playing it before I finally 100% believe it's real. Pictures will never be enough for me at this point in time.
Well, I had too much pizza and I'm feeling sleepy, so I'll have to pause this enjoyable discussion for now.
Usb at the back! I'll buy one for that alone 👍
@Vee_Flames The problem with that NX controller was that it was all plastic; there's a reason why there were no usb or headphone ports visible. Not saying that this can't be recreated with a 3D printer and some effort. However, that would mean that this is a very expensive project for just a fake leak.
Well damn! That's a royle f+#k up for Sony isn't it?
@adf86 i wouldnt mind, my ps4 1001 model doesnt have physical buttons like the 1002 model, trading mine in for the one with out the auto eject and quiter fans unlike the 1001 and that the 1002 model apperently is smoother/faster then the previous 2. depends if they will let me use my 2TB harddrive in the new one without downloading 30Games+ and all dlc and updates as that will take ages like 3 weeks or so even more with 2mbps download speed.
Now someone should leak photos of the PS4 Neo, because I'm an impatient kid deep inside.
It's looks like a squared Oreo or those Bourbon biscuits enlarged several times over, but completely ugly.
I've already got one but mine's bigger.
I'll just do what I always do: wait for an actual announcement.
No USB's round the back i can see - Power, LAN, HDMI and the camera port.....
god i hope nit! thing looks weird as hell God forbid if something ever happened to my launch machine I would hunt for another original version rather than buy the slim, this thing is just to say it lightly a big No-No in my eyes! O_o And they got rid of the awesome eye catching light!!! No way inn hell!
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